Madeira Situation Report Wednesday 21st July 2021

 

By our special correspondent, Daniel Fernandes

 Covid-19 update

There were 90 new Covid-19 cases, 59 recoveries and no deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.

On Saturday, there were 26 new Covid-19 cases (13 imported cases – 9 from the UK, 1 from Spain, 2 from Northern Portugal, 1 from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region & 13 cases of local transmission) and 16 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital increased to 9, 1 of whom was in intensive care.

On Sunday, there were 15 new Covid-19 cases (8 imported cases – 5 from the UK, 1 from Finland, 2 from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region & 7 cases of local transmission) and 15 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital, including in intensive care, remained the same the day before.

On Monday, there were 28 new Covid-19 cases (11 imported cases – 3 from the UK, 1 from the Czech Republic, 1 from South Africa, 1 from Spain, 1 from Venezuela, 4 from Northern Portugal & 17 cases of local transmission) and 15 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital increased to 10, 1 of whom was in intensive care.

And on Tuesday, there were 21 new Covid-19 cases (7 imported cases – 1 from the UK, 1 from Venezuela, 1 from Northern Portugal & 14 cases of local transmission) and 13 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 9, 1 of whom was intensive care.

There were 201 active cases on Tuesday, of which 82 had been imported while the other 119 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Tuesday, there had been 9,971 cases, 9,697 recoveries and 73 deaths.

On Tuesday, there were 60 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 132 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 9 patients in hospital, 1 of whom in intensive care.

On the same day, there were 133 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which were all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline, to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service) and to airport screening.

There were 33,152 travellers under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There were also 543 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 263,821 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 15h30). By Tuesday, 527,014 samples from RT-PCR tests had been processed and 73,602 antigen rapid tests had been carried out in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 476 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it had received 57,108 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 5 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it has received 3,746 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/17/26-novos-casos-de-covid-19-16-recuperados-81-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/18/covid-19-15-novos-casos-15-recuperados-91-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/19/28-novos-casos-de-covid-19-15-recuperados-92-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/20/mais-21-casos-de-covid-19-13-recuperados-133-suspeitos/

Covid-19 vaccination update

On Tuesday, the vaccination open day using spare doses of AstraZeneca vaccine was a huge success. The spare doses were available for those aged 18 or older, who merely had to turn up at the vaccination centre in Funchal (Madeira Tecnopólo) in order to be inoculated. There was no need for booking a vaccination slot. By 18h00, about 1,000 vaccine doses had been administered, 600 of which had been first doses. The success of this vaccination open day meant that a second vaccination open day was announced. It will take place on July 27th.

As of July 18th, 267,604 Covid-19 vaccine doses (154,072 1st doses & 113,532 2nd doses/full vaccinations) had been administered in the Autonomous Region of Madeira. This means that 61% of the population have been administered the 1st vaccine dose while 45% of the population have been fully vaccinated. So far, 2,230 vaccine doses have been administered to university students after the start of vaccination of this group on July 12th.

A shipment of 17,550 doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine arrived in Funchal on Saturday. This shipment will ensure the Covid-19 vaccination campaign continues.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/20/open-day-da-astrazeneca-teve-boa-adesao-diz-governo-regional/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/20/ja-foram-administradas-mais-de-267-mil-vacinas-contra-a-covid-19-na-ram/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/18/mais-17-550-vacinas-da-pfizer-chegaram-sabado/

Covid-19 monument inaugurated

The Covid-19 monument, which honours professionals who served and are serving on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19, was inaugurated on Monday by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (Portugal’s President). He said Madeira had once again “been a pioneer”, this time due to the opening of the first monument in Portugal that honours frontline professionals in the fight against Covid-19. He described it as “a monument of memory, gratefulness and hope”. The sculpture is from Martim Velosa, a Madeira sculptor. It was built next to the building of the Legislative Assembly of Madeira (Assembleia Legislativa da Madeira).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/135437/Marcelo_diz_que_a_Madeira_voltou_a_ser_pioneira_na_homenagem_aos_que_combatem_a_pandemia_

Brother of missing Polish tourist hospitalised after several days of searches

Christopher Kozek, the brother of Michal Kozek, a 35 year-old Polish tourist who went missing on a trail on the mountains of the western area of Madeira Island on July 7th, was hospitalised after spending several days scouring the mountains while searching for him. Christopher Kozek had walked about 70 Km per day and felt unwell. He was hospitalised at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça after showing symptoms of dehydration and high blood pressure. A friend who has been searching with him said he hadn’t slept, hadn’t eaten, was exhausted and was only focused on finding Michal.

Christopher and several volunteers who are experienced in trails and hiking have been scouring the mountains for several days. However, Michal’s family has stressed that nobody should endanger himself/herself while trying to find him. Some trails are dangerous and require more experienced volunteers. His family would like to employ a drone that has a thermal camera because they feel it would be helpful in areas with dense vegetation.

Michal’s wife and children have already returned to Switzerland, where they live, but Christopher has assured he will not leave the Region until he has found out what happened to him. He is very grateful to all Madeirans who have been helping in the search for Michal.

https://www.dnoticias.pt/2021/7/19/269743-irmao-de-turista-desaparecido-foi-hospitalizado/

https://www.dnoticias.pt/2021/7/18/269637-buscas-em-veredas-e-levadas-do-porto-moniz-por-polaco-desaparecido/#

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be power cuts due to planned work on the electricity supply network. These works cannot be postponed and will take place in the following days and places:

FUNCHAL – July 21st – 09h00 to 11h30 (TODAY)

– Rua do Cabrestante (numbers 24 to 404)

– Entrada do Cabrestante (numbers 3 to 8)

– Caminho do Terço (numbers 115 to 117C)

– Escadas da Travessa do Pomar (numbers 2 to 29)

July 22nd – 09h00 to 11h30

– Caminho da Levada dos Barreiros (numbers 38 to 58)

– Caminho da Nazaré (numbers 12 to 39)

– Rua do Curaçau (number 40)

CAMPANÁRIO – July 22nd – 09h00 to 11h30

– Estrada do Lugar da Serra

– Caminho da Cova Velha

– Caminho do Pico do Frade

– Caminho da Corujeira

– Caminho de São Bento

– Travessa da Ladeira

July 23rd – 09h00 to 12h00

– Estrada da Adega (partial)

– Estrada do Jardim (partial)

– Caminho do Jardim de Cima (partial)

However, power could be restored during the time frame mentioned above. So, for safety purposes, it should be assumed that there will be power at any time during this period of time.

If necessary, customers can contact the free Customer Support Service (Serviço de Apoio ao Cliente): 800 221 187.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/17/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-61-2021/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/20/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-62-2021/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/21/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-63-2021/

 

 

Madeira Situation Report Saturday 17th July 2021

 

By Daniel Fernandes

 Covid-19 update

There were 77 new Covid-19 cases, 27 recoveries and no deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. On Friday, there was a big increase in the number of cases (41 new cases).

On Wednesday, there were 23 new Covid-19 cases (6 imported cases – 2 from Denmark, 2 from the Czech Republic, 1 from Northern Portugal, 1 from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region & 17 cases of local transmission) and 5 recoveries. There were 5 patients in hospital, 2 of whom in intensive care.

On Thursday, there were 13 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from Northern Portugal, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 10 cases of local transmission) and 14 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital increased to 7, 2 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Friday, there were 41 new Covid-19 cases (16 imported cases – 5 from the UK, 3 from France, 1 from Greece, 5 from Northern Portugal, 2 from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region & 25 cases of local transmission) and 8 recoveries. The number of patients at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça remained the same as they day before.

There were 170 active cases on Friday, of which 60 had been imported while the other 110 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Friday, there had been 9,881 cases, 9,638 recoveries and 73 deaths.

On Friday, there were 40 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 123 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 7 patients in hospital, 2 of whom in intensive care.

On the same day, there were 98 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which were all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline, to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service) and to airport screening.

There were 31,715 travellers under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There were also 413 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 260,006 samples had been collected until Friday (at 15h30). By Friday, 520,496 samples from RT-PCR tests had been processed and 73,563 antigen rapid tests had been carried out in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 907 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, it had received 56,632 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 5 calls from Tuesday to Friday . Overall, it has received 3,741 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/14/23-novos-casos-de-covid-19-5-recuperados-74-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/15/13-novos-casos-de-covid-19-14-recuperados-99-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/16/subida-acentuada-de-casos-de-covid-19-hoje-no-arquipelago/

 

Covid-19 vaccination update

As of July 16th, 260,915 Covid-19 vaccine doses had been administered in the Autonomous Region of Madeira (149,484 1st doses & 111,431 2nd doses/full vaccination). The aim is for 175,000 people to be fully vaccinated.

On July 14th, Covid-19 vaccination started on athletes who take part in national and international sports competitions, particularly those from Clube Desportivo Nacional. It started at 15h30 and Pedro Ramos (Madeira’s Health and Civil Protection Secretary) and Jorge Carvalho (Madeira’s Education Secretary) were in Madeira Tecnopólo (a vaccination centre in Funchal) to witness this moment.

https://web.sesaram.pt/COVID19_INFO

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/14/atletas-madeirenses-comecaram-a-ser-vacinados-contra-a-covid-19/

Police to continue restaurants to ensure compliance with pandemic restrictions

The Madeira Regional Government renewed the pandemic restrictions. As such, the PSP (Polícia de Segurança Pública – Public Security Police) warned it will continue to monitor businesses such as restaurants to ensure compliance with the restrictions. These include compliance with the closing time (midnight), the maximum capacity limit of 2/3 (both indoors and outdoors), the prohibition of food consumption at the counter. The PSP appealed for customers and business owners to comply with the rules. It also reminded that the curfew lasts from 01h00 until 05h00, social distancing is mandatory; all people aged 6 or older must wear a face mask in order to enter and remain indoors or to use public transport; alcohol consumption in public areas and near commercial establishments is forbidden; and no customers can remain inside a restaurant, bar or similar establishment after its closing time. It appealed for people to comply with all rules and recommendations and warned that failure to comply may result in a crime of disobedience and/or in a fine.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/15/governo-mantem-medidas-sanitarias-avanca-com-expropriacoes-e-atribui-isencoes/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/15/covid-19-psp-reafirma-intencao-de-fiscalizar-estabelecimentos-e-respectiva-clientela/

Regional Government do not rule out new restrictions if there is an increase in infections

Miguel Albuquerque (President of the Madeira Regional Government) said that the current restrictions will continue and are enough. He also warned that if the number of Covid-19 infections and hospitalisations increase in the Region, the Regional Government could decide to impose new restrictions. He explained these numbers could eventually increase because the Region is receiving more and more tourists and reminded of the reopening of the British market. Nevertheless, he assured that this situation will not threaten the capacity of the regional health system.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/135155/Governo_Regional_admite_impor_novas_restricoes_caso_o_numero_de_infetados_e_internados_aumente

GNR continue to search for missing Polish tourist

The GNR police (Guarda Nacional Republicana – Republican National Guard) will continue to search the mountains in Calheta, where Michal Kozec went missing on July 7th. It has searched in areas thought to be risky and that had not been searched before. His brother has also been organising several search teams that have already used drones while searching in several areas. The GNR have used several search and rescue means, including police dogs. The PSP (Polícia de Segurança Pública – Public Security Police) and the PJ (Polícia Judiciária – Judiciary Police) are also investigating his disappearance.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/135078/GNR_continua_buscas_para_encontrar_polaco

Extra ferry services between Madeira and Porto Santo

Porto Santo Line (a ferry company) announced it will have extra ferry services connecting the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo on August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th. The aim is to provide passengers with alternative timetables in order to increase demand for travel to Porto Santo. This will be the new timetable on these days:

Funchal – Porto Santo: 08h00 & 16h30 (extra service)

Porto Santo – Funchal: 13h00 (extra service) & 20h00 (new service)

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/135154/Porto_Santo_Line_com_viagens_extraordinarias_em_agosto_

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be power cuts due to planned work on the electricity supply network. These works cannot be postponed and will take place in the following days and places:

FUNCHAL

July 20th – 09h00 to 11h30

– Rua 3 da Urbanização da Bela Vista (numbers 7 and 11)

– Rua 1 da Encosta do Pico dos Barcelos

 July 21st – 09h00 to 11h30

– Rua do Cabrestante (numbers 24 to 404)

– Entrada do Cabrestante (numbers 3 to 8)

July 22nd – 09h00 to 11h30

– Caminho da Levada dos Barreiros (numbers 38 to 58)

– Caminho da Nazaré (numbers 12 to 39)

– Rua do Curaçau (number 40)

PORTO DA CRUZ

July 19th – 09h30 to 12h30

– Caminho do Lameiro e Terra Batista

CANIÇAL

July 20th – 10h00 to 11h00

– Palmeira de Baixo (partial)

– Palmeira de Cima (partial)

– Caminho da Vinha (partial)

– Rua da Palmeira (partial)

However, power could be restored during the time frame mentioned above. So, for safety purposes, it should be assumed that there will be power at any time during this period of time.

If necessary, customers can contact the free Customer Support Service (Serviço de Apoio ao Cliente): 800 221 187.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/17/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-61-2021/

 

 

 

Madeira Situation Report Wednesday 14th July 2021

 

By our special correspondent, Daniel Fernandes

There were 56 new Covid-19 cases, 39 recoveries and no deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.

On Saturday, there were 14 new Covid-19 cases (from 3 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 2 passengers who had arrived from Spain and 9 cases of local transmission) and 13 recoveries. There were 2 patients in hospital, 1 of whom was in intensive care.

On Sunday, there were 8 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Botswana, 1 passenger who had arrived from Spain and 6 cases of local transmission) and 8 recoveries. There were 2 patients at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, 1 of whom was in intensive care.

On Monday, there were 16 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from the Netherlands, 1 passenger who had arrived from the UK, 6 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 passenger who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 7 cases of local transmission) and 7 recoveries. Once again, there were 2 patients at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, 1 of whom was in intensive care.

And on Tuesday, there were 18 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 9 passenger who had arrived from Northern Portugal, 1 passenger who had arrived from Southern Portugal, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 5 cases of local transmission) and 11 recoveries. The number of patients at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça increased to 5, 2 of whom were in intensive care.

There were 120 active cases on Tuesday, of which 48 had been imported while the other 72 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Tuesday, there had been 9,804 cases, 9,611 recoveries and 73 deaths.

On Tuesday, there were 30 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 85 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 5 patients in hospital, 2 of whom in intensive care.

On the same day, there were 64 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which were all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline, to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service) and to airport screening.

There were 30,520 travellers under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There were also 446 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 257,193 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 15h30). By Tuesday, 515,421 samples from RT-PCR tests had been processed and 73,420 antigen rapid tests had been carried out in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 461 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it had received 55,725 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 11 calls from Friday to Tuesday . Overall, it has received 3,736 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/11/14-novos-casos-de-covid-19-13-recuperados-66-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/11/8-novos-casos-de-covid-19-8-recuperados-41-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/12/16-novos-casos-de-covid-19-7-recuperados-58-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/13/18-casos-de-covid-19-11-recuperados-64-suspeitos/

Covid-19 vaccination update

As of July 11th, 251,573 Covid-19 vaccine doses (143,625 1st doses & 107,948 2nd doses/full vaccinations) have been administered in the Autonomous Region of Madeira. This means that 57% of the population have been administered the 1st vaccine dose, while 43% of the population have been fully vaccinated. The Covid-19 vaccination campaign started on December 31st.

In the week ending on July 11st, 19,319 Covid-19 vaccine doses were administered (12,436 1st doses & 6,883 2nd doses/full vaccinations). A highlight from the week was the fact that over 60% of the population of the municipalities of Calheta and Santana have been inoculated with the 1st vaccine dose. Over 70% of the population of the Municipalities of Porto Santo and Porto Moniz have already been inoculated with the 1st vaccine dose.

The aim for this week is to continue the Covid-19 vaccination campaign. The highlight is the start of vaccination for university students, which started on Monday at Centro de Vacinação do Funchal (Funchal Vaccination Centre), located in Madeira Tecnopolo. Pedro Calado (Vice-President of the Madeira Regional Government), Pedro Ramos (Madeira’s Health and Civil Protection Secretary) and Jorge Carvalho (Madeira’s Education Secretary) visited the vaccination centre, where they witnessed the start of vaccination of university students. Pedro Ramos revealed that 600 students had already been inoculated and that around 1,600 students had registered for vaccination. There are around 3,000 university students in Madeira, 5,000 Madeiran students studying in the mainland and over 1,000 Madeiran students studying abroad. He appealed for students to take up this opportunity to be vaccinated against Covid-19, and said the aim is for vaccination of university students to be complete by the end of the summer, before the start of the new academic year.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/13/mais-de-251-mil-vacinas-contra-a-covid-19-administradas-na-ram/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/12/iniciou-se-a-vacinacao-contra-a-covid-19-dos-estudantes-universitarios-na-ram/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/134715/Cerca_de_600_estudantes_universitarios_ja_foram_vacinados_na_Regiao

Clinic and pharmacy provide antigen rapid tests in Porto Santo

Clínica Arriaga (Clinic), in partnership with Farmácia da Ponta do Pargo (Pharmacy) have been carrying out antigen rapid tests on the car park at Restaurante Pé (Restaurant). According to the clinic, Porto Santo Line and Winter passengers can use a QR Code in order to fill in an online form that will enable the booking of a rapid test.

Passengers traveling between Madeira and Porto Santo islands must present a negative Covid-19 test, which had been carried out up to 48 hours before traveling, on each leg of the journey. This scheme makes it easier for passengers to be tested and helps them spend more time enjoying their holidays.

Both residents and visitors can be tested daily, between 09h30 and 18h30 and without booking. The venue is easily accessible, has free parking and people can await for the test results (15-30 minutes) on the terrace from which the beach can be seen.

According to the clinic, the antigen rapid test has a success-rate of 98%. This testing scheme will be in place until the end of September, which is when Madeirans and foreign tourists most travel to Porto Santo.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/134831/Clinica_e_farmacia_realizam_testes_rapidos_no_Porto_Santo

Search for missing Polish tourist suspended and PSP took over the investigation

The search for Michael Kopek, a Polish tourist who had gone missing while running on a trail was suspended on Saturday. Over 30 from several fire brigades, the Forest Police (Corpo de Polícia Florestal), the PSP police force (Polícia de Segurança Pública), the GNR police force (Guarda Nacional Republicana), the Regional Civil Protection Service (Serviço Regional de Protecção Civil), 5 rescue dogs, 2 drones and a multi-mission helicopter were deployed during the search.

The PSP police force have taken over the investigation into the disappearance of Michal Kozek, aged 35, who was on holiday with his family.

The emergency services had been informed on Thursday morning that the Polish citizen had left Porto Moniz at the end of Wednesday afternoon for a trail training session and had failed to return to his hotel.

His family has released a photograph of him and his brother flew into Madeira in order to search for him. He and several volunteers are continuing to search for Michal in several trails.

His relatives and friends have appealed for volunteers who own drones to join the search. They are even willing to pay them.

It is thought Michal was wearing a blue jersey, black shorts, purple Salomon running shoes and a Garmin Forerunner 945 running watch. Michal was on the trail between Porto Moniz and Calheta (through Pico da Urze). The route he took can be seen on the Strava app.

 

Madeira Situation Report Saturday 10th July 2021

 

By Daniel Fernandes

 Covid-19 update

There were 43 new Covid-19 cases, 19 recoveries and no deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.

On Wednesday, there were 7 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from Spain, 1 passenger who had arrived from Italy and 4 cases of local transmission) and 2 recoveries. Once again, there were no patients in hospital.

On Thursday, there were 24 new Covid-19 cases (from 3 passengers who had arrived from Spain, 1 passenger who had arrived from Italy, 1 passenger who had arrived from Venezuela and 19 cases of local transmission) and 8 recoveries. There were 2 patients at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, none of whom were in intensive care.

And on Friday, there were 12 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Switzerland, 1 passenger who had arrived from Central Portugal and 10 cases of local transmission) and 9 recoveries. There were 2 patients at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, 1 of whom was in intensive care.

There were 103 active cases on Friday, of which 28 had been imported while the other 75 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Thursday, most new cases were of people aged 30-39, and there were only 16 cases among those aged 60 or older. As of Friday, there had been 9,748 cases, 9,572 recoveries and 73 deaths.

On Friday, there were 32 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 69 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 2 patients in hospital, 1 of whom in intensive care.

On the same day, there were 65 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which were all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline, to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service) and to airport screening.

There were 28,599 travellers under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There were also 437 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 253,402 samples had been collected until Friday (at 15h30). By Tuesday, 509,373 samples from RT-PCR tests had been processed and 73,414 antigen rapid tests had been carried out in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 374 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, it had received 55,725 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 11 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, it has received 3,725 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/07/7-novos-casos-de-covid-19-2-recuperados-106-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/08/24-novos-casos-de-covid-19-8-recuperados-82-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/09/12-novos-casos-de-covid-19-9-recuperados-65-suspeitos/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/134378/Faixas_etarias_mais_jovens_concentram_maioria_dos_casos

Covid-19 vaccination in Porto Santo delayed until Sunday

All people who had been scheduled to be inoculated today (July 10th) in Porto Santo will now be inoculated tomorrow (July 11th) at the same time as previously scheduled. No reason was provided for this delay.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/134510/Vacinas_no_Porto_Santo_adiadas_para_domingo

 

Covid-19 vaccination update

After the administration of 2nd doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, the Region will still have about 6,000 vaccine doses in stock, which will enable around 3,000 people to be inoculated. The exact number of additional doses available will become clear in the 2 weeks and will be used to inoculate anyone who would like to be inoculated earlier than originally planned.

As of Friday, 244,471 Covid-19 vaccine doses (137,745 1st doses & 106,626 full vaccinations) had been administered in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/134473/Regiao_tera_seis_mil_vacinas_para_quem_quiser_ser_vacinado_mais_cedo

https://web.sesaram.pt/COVID19_INFO

Free antigen rapid tests available for Agriloja customers

Agriloja in Funchal informed that free Covid-19 antigen rapid testing will be available for its customers on Saturday mornings, from 08h30 to 13h00, without the need for booking. Testing will take place at its store and in partnership with Achada Fisioclinic. In a statement, Agriloja stated its intention to play a role in fostering a safe environment and in controlling the current pandemic situation. It stressed that its staff is regularly tested. Agriloja in Funchal is located at: Azinhaga do Poço Barral, number 23, -2 floor (next to Mercado Abastecedor de São Martinho). It is open from Monday to Saturday (including bank holidays), between 08h30 and 19h30.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/134432/Agriloja_disponibiliza_testes_covid-19_gratuitos_aos_clientes

 

Work started on the building of a Covid-19 monument

On Wednesday, building work started on the Covid-19 monument that will honour the professionals served on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19. The monument will be built next to the Legislative Assembly of Madeira. In April, José Manuel Rodrigues, the President of the Legislative Assembly of Madeira, had the idea of building this monument. The monument will be inspired by the work of Martim Veloza, a sculptor. Its inauguration had initially been scheduled for Portugal Day on June 10th. It is now likely to be inaugurated during the celebrations of the 45th anniversary of the Legislative Assembly of Madeira, which will be led by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (Portugal’s President).

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/08/comecou-a-ser-instalado-o-monumento-de-homenagem-aos-profissionais-da-linha-da-frente-de-combate-a-covid-19/

Search continues for missing Polish citizen

A search and rescue operation is underway for a Polish citizen who went missing on Wednesday in the mountains in western Madeira. On Friday at 18h00, a total of 38 people and 12 vehicles from the Calheta, São Vicente, Porto Moniz and Funchal fire services, the Forest Police (Corpo de Polícia Florestal), the PSP police force (Polícia de Segurança Pública), the GNR police force (Guarda Nacional Republicana) and the Regional Civil Protection Service (Serviço Regional de Protecção Civil) were deployed on the operation. In addition, 5 rescue dogs, 2 drones and a multi-mission helicopter

The emergency services were informed on Thursday morning that the Polish citizen had left Porto Moniz at the end of Wednesday afternoon for a trail training session and had failed to return to his hotel. The last GPS data on his location suggested he was near Pico da Urze, in Paul da Serra.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/09/38-operacionais-e-12-veiculos-envolvidos-na-busca-pelo-cidadao-polaco/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/134344/Cinco_viaturas_e_16_operacionais_procuram_polaco_desaparecido_na_Madeira

High winds warning

A heavy winds warning has been issued for today and will be in place this morning. Heavy winds are expected on the coast. As such, vessel owners are advised to keep their vessels docked in harbours.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/134487/Capitania_do_Porto_do_Funchal_alerta_para_vento_forte_

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be power cuts due to planned work on the electricity supply network. These works cannot be postponed and will take place in the following days and places:

FAJÃ DA OVELHA

July 13th – 09h00 to 09h30

– VE3 Raposeira/Fajã da Ovelha (including MEO phone masts)

July 13th – 09h40 to 10h10

– VE3 Fajã da Ovelha/Lombada dos Marinheiros (including MEO phone masts)

However, power could be restored during the time frame mentioned above. So, for safety purposes, it should be assumed that there will be power at any time during this period of time.

If necessary, customers can contact the free Customer Support Service (Serviço de Apoio ao Cliente): 800 221 187.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/07/10/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-59-2021/